Cthulhu, Tentacles and Porn

I’ve always found that some of the sexiest things are the weird ones. Lately I’ve been reading some HP Lovecraft, drowning myself in the murky waters of his prose. I admit that I don’t read often enough for an author, but I do enjoy Lovecraft.



I’ve written a few stories about Cthulhu rising and taking a girl as his sexy toy. They may not have been my best stories, but they’re some of my favorites. And I’m sure you can all guess that I’m quite fond of some tentacle play in my fiction, since I’ve also written a few stories about Slenderman and his tentacles.

Still, given that I really do need to read more, and I especially should be reading more erotica, I thought I would poke my head around Amazon and try to find some weird horror and even weirder erotica to read.

So, here you have it! My Lovecraftian To Be Read Pile:


Cthulhu’s Caresses - Lovecraftian Erotica -

Professor Jillian Miskans has been studying a fragment of an ancient manuscript. Her work on it is so all-consuming that she has even begun to dream of it. A colleague continues to frantically insist that the manuscript is dangerous and that it, and all copies of it, should be destroyed immediately.

Professor Miskans decides to demonstrate to her colleague that the ritual is bunk by performing it. She hopes to dispel her dreams of it at the same time. Little does she know that she is in for a life (and body) changing experience.

This Lovecraftian erotic novelette has a word count of 10,500+

Mounting Madness (The Power of Jane Dee) -

Mental patient Jane Dee has a secret. As a descendant of both occultist John Dee and the Yellow King himself, the blood flowing through her veins is dangerous and must be kept hidden. Arthur “Dex” Wakeley, her high priest, lover, and psychologist, has finally found a way to silence the sorcerers keeping the Elder Gods at bay, protecting her from the blood in her veins and ushering in a new destiny…if he is who he says he is.

Cthulhu fans looking for a some heat with their be-tentacled gods…this series of novellas is for you.

Whispers in Darkness: Lovecraftian Erotica -

Strange! Electrifying! Sexy! Eldritch? Explore the new and exciting world of Lovecraft-based erotica in Whispers in Darkness, a new collection from Circlet Press. This cyclopean collection features eight new stories, each filled to the brim with insanity-inducing, orgasm-producing goodness.

Have you always wondered what one of those Cthulhu-cult orgies would look like from the inside? Do you crave intellectual tentacle porn? Have you always felt that the only thing Lovecraft was missing was a really, really good lay now and again? If so, this book was made for you. Don’t deny your curiosity! Just beware: what one has seen (and been aroused by) cannot be unseen…

Features stories from Peter Tupper, Angela Caperton, Alex Picchetti, Monique Poirier, Elizabeth Reeve, Bernie Mojzes, Annabeth Leong, and Kannan Feng.

Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath -

“From the wells of night to the gulfs of space, ever praise and abundance to the Black Goat of the Woods. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Goat with a Thousand Young!”

With this prayer in the ‘The Whisperer In Darkness’, Lovecraft introduced the world to the mighty and terrible Shub-Niggurath, the fertility deity of his then-fledgling Cthulhu Mythos. A being of primal lusts, overwhelming fecundity, and soul-blasting horror, the Black Goat is regularly invoked, entreated, and mentioned in furtive whispers within the pages of most Mythos fiction. And yet, for all that she is a cornerstone of the Mythos, readers encounter her rarely.

Now, with ‘Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath’, Martian Migraine Press and editors Justine Geoffrey and Scott R Jones bring you 18 pulpy tales of fertility and fear, hot sex and chilling sacrifice! Stories that squelch, tales that both titillate and terrify, from some of the best writers working in Lovecraftian horror and mind-bending erotica today: Wilum H. Pugmire, Molly Tanzer, Don Webb, Christine Morgan, Kenton Hall, Brian M. Sammons, Jacqueline Sweet, Copper Sloane Levy, Annabeth Leong, and Christopher Slatsky, along with fresh new voices.

From nighted glades where frenzied orgiasts work unholy magic to slick urban dungeons of unbridled pleasure; from fertility clinics to fevered dance clubs; from the misty depths of the past to the unthinkable future, join us as we offer praise and abundance! Iä! Shub-Niggurath!

Table of Contents…
This Human Form – Lyndsey Holder
That Hideous Thing – Ran Cartwright
Unsatisfied – Brian M. Sammons
Mater Annelida – Victoria Dalpe
The Potboiler Sigil – Luke R. J. Maynard
All This For the Greater Glory of the 7th and 329th Children of the Black Goat of the Woods – Molly Tanzer
Babymama – Kenton Hall
Our Child – Annabeth Leong
Boy – Don Webb
Pieces (2) for String Octet – Copper Sloane Levy
The Whisperer in the Vagina – Shon Richards
Obsidian Capra Aegagrus – Christopher Slatsky
Dirtymag – Jonas Moth
With Honey Dripping – Christine Morgan
In the Down Deep Down – Jacqueline Sweet
The Scarlet Scripture – Ambrosius Grimes
Within Your Unholy Pit of Shoggoths – Wilum H. Pugmire
Blossom – Rose Banks
The Conqueror Womb: Parsing Shub-Niggurath (essay) – Scott R Jones

Previous design posts by Michael Meadows

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Where Do You Advertise and Promote Your Erotica and Romance eBooks?


Advertising is one of those things that is always on people’s minds when they start self publishing. For the most part, erotica sells itself. That doesn’t mean, however, that advertising won’t help. 

I have no yet found a paid form of advertising that works for me. I’ve got some interesting plans for 2014 that I will report back on, but for now I say authors should really stick to free forms of erotica marketing and promotion.

Here are some places I know of to advertise:

Reddit

Reddit is a large internet forum of sorts. There are subreddits, which are communities aimed at specific interests. There are a ton of adult-related and erotic subreddits out there, but here are a few to check out for promotions. Remember to read the rules of each subreddit before submitting a post!

  • /r/erotica: This subreddit should only be used to publish the full text of a free story. Links are frowned upon. This is also a good place to read some free erotic stories and get a feel for new kinks and fetishes.
  • /r/selfpublish: Here you can post about your books, but you should never use the “Submit a new link” button. Instead, use the “Submit a new text post” button and tell people about your book and why they should buy it. Your title should include [PROMO] in it, Your promo needs to include more than the book blurb.
  • /r/eroticwriting: This subreddit has fewer rules on promotion. Don’t spam them, and you should be fine.
  • /r/freeebooks: You can find the rules for submission here.
  • /r/fivedollarebooks: This is for books that are under five dollars. No affiliate links. They also encourage you to post some information about your book when you submit it.
  • /r/ebookdeals: Include the name, author, price, and format of the ebook. No spam or affiliate links allowed. Please delete your link if the deal is dead
  • /r/freenookbooks: You can promote the books you have free on the Nook here. If you are an author feel free to post a link to your free ebook and a little about yourself and your book. Posting erotica is fine but use the NSFW tag if the cover is explicit.
  • /r/wroteabook: This is for shameless self promotion. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed on the sidebar.
  • /r/efreebies: Just don’t use affiliate links and only post free books.
  • /r/digitalfreebies: Good for anything that’s digital and free.
  • /r/bookdownloads: They ask that you include the genre in brackets, like [Erotica].
  • /r/kindlefreebies: Freebies on the Kindle. Same rules as for /r/efreebies.

Facebook

Websites and Blogs

Forums

Remember to follow the rules for self promotion on these forums.

Tumblr Tags

  • erotica
  • hot sex
  • writing
  • self publishing
  • kindle
  • kindle freebies
  • fifty shades
  • 50 shades

Twitter Hashtags

You can advertise on this blog, too!

If you are an erotica author and want to be featured on this blog, you can send an email to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com. I don’t do solo book promos, but this blog is always open for guest posts.

Where Do You Advertise and Promote Your Erotica and Romance eBooks?


Advertising is one of those things that is always on people’s minds when they start self publishing. For the most part, erotica sells itself. That doesn’t mean, however, that advertising won’t help. 

I have no yet found a paid form of advertising that works for me. I’ve got some interesting plans for 2014 that I will report back on, but for now I say authors should really stick to free forms of erotica marketing and promotion.

Here are some places I know of to advertise:

Reddit

Reddit is a large internet forum of sorts. There are subreddits, which are communities aimed at specific interests. There are a ton of adult-related and erotic subreddits out there, but here are a few to check out for promotions. Remember to read the rules of each subreddit before submitting a post!

  • /r/erotica: This subreddit should only be used to publish the full text of a free story. Links are frowned upon. This is also a good place to read some free erotic stories and get a feel for new kinks and fetishes.
  • /r/selfpublish: Here you can post about your books, but you should never use the “Submit a new link” button. Instead, use the “Submit a new text post” button and tell people about your book and why they should buy it. Your title should include [PROMO] in it, Your promo needs to include more than the book blurb.
  • /r/eroticwriting: This subreddit has fewer rules on promotion. Don’t spam them, and you should be fine.
  • /r/freeebooks: You can find the rules for submission here.
  • /r/fivedollarebooks: This is for books that are under five dollars. No affiliate links. They also encourage you to post some information about your book when you submit it.
  • /r/ebookdeals: Include the name, author, price, and format of the ebook. No spam or affiliate links allowed. Please delete your link if the deal is dead
  • /r/freenookbooks: You can promote the books you have free on the Nook here. If you are an author feel free to post a link to your free ebook and a little about yourself and your book. Posting erotica is fine but use the NSFW tag if the cover is explicit.
  • /r/wroteabook: This is for shameless self promotion. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed on the sidebar.
  • /r/efreebies: Just don’t use affiliate links and only post free books.
  • /r/digitalfreebies: Good for anything that’s digital and free.
  • /r/bookdownloads: They ask that you include the genre in brackets, like [Erotica].
  • /r/kindlefreebies: Freebies on the Kindle. Same rules as for /r/efreebies.

Facebook

Websites and Blogs

Forums

Remember to follow the rules for self promotion on these forums.

Tumblr Tags

  • erotica
  • hot sex
  • writing
  • self publishing
  • kindle
  • kindle freebies
  • fifty shades
  • 50 shades

Twitter Hashtags

You can advertise on this blog, too!

If you are an erotica author and want to be featured on this blog, you can send an email to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com. I don’t do solo book promos, but this blog is always open for guest posts.

Where Do You Advertise and Promote Your Erotica and Romance eBooks?

Advertising is one of those things that is always on people’s minds when they start self publishing. For the most part, erotica sells itself. That doesn’t mean, however, that advertising won’t help. 

I have no yet found a paid form of advertising that works for me. I’ve got some interesting plans for 2014 that I will report back on, but for now I say authors should really stick to free forms of erotica marketing and promotion.

Here are some places I know of to advertise:

Reddit

Reddit is a large internet forum of sorts. There are subreddits, which are communities aimed at specific interests. There are a ton of adult-related and erotic subreddits out there, but here are a few to check out for promotions. Remember to read the rules of each subreddit before submitting a post!

  • /r/erotica: This subreddit should only be used to publish the full text of a free story. Links are frowned upon. This is also a good place to read some free erotic stories and get a feel for new kinks and fetishes.
  • /r/selfpublish: Here you can post about your books, but you should never use the “Submit a new link” button. Instead, use the “Submit a new text post” button and tell people about your book and why they should buy it. Your title should include [PROMO] in it, Your promo needs to include more than the book blurb.
  • /r/eroticwriting: This subreddit has fewer rules on promotion. Don’t spam them, and you should be fine.
  • /r/freeebooks: You can find the rules for submission here.
  • /r/fivedollarebooks: This is for books that are under five dollars. No affiliate links. They also encourage you to post some information about your book when you submit it.
  • /r/ebookdeals: Include the name, author, price, and format of the ebook. No spam or affiliate links allowed. Please delete your link if the deal is dead
  • /r/freenookbooks: You can promote the books you have free on the Nook here. If you are an author feel free to post a link to your free ebook and a little about yourself and your book. Posting erotica is fine but use the NSFW tag if the cover is explicit.
  • /r/wroteabook: This is for shameless self promotion. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed on the sidebar.
  • /r/efreebies: Just don’t use affiliate links and only post free books.
  • /r/digitalfreebies: Good for anything that’s digital and free.
  • /r/bookdownloads: They ask that you include the genre in brackets, like [Erotica].
  • /r/kindlefreebies: Freebies on the Kindle. Same rules as for /r/efreebies.

Facebook

Websites and Blogs

Forums

Remember to follow the rules for self promotion on these forums.

Tumblr Tags

  • erotica
  • hot sex
  • writing
  • self publishing
  • kindle
  • kindle freebies
  • fifty shades
  • 50 shades

Twitter Hashtags

You can advertise on this blog, too!

If you are an erotica author and want to be featured on this blog, you can send an email to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com. I don’t do solo book promos, but this blog is always open for guest posts.

Where Do You Advertise and Promote Your Erotica and Romance eBooks?

Advertising is one of those things that is always on people’s minds when they start self publishing. For the most part, erotica sells itself. That doesn’t mean, however, that advertising won’t help. 

I have no yet found a paid form of advertising that works for me. I’ve got some interesting plans for 2014 that I will report back on, but for now I say authors should really stick to free forms of erotica marketing and promotion.

Here are some places I know of to advertise:

Reddit

Reddit is a large internet forum of sorts. There are subreddits, which are communities aimed at specific interests. There are a ton of adult-related and erotic subreddits out there, but here are a few to check out for promotions. Remember to read the rules of each subreddit before submitting a post!

  • /r/erotica: This subreddit should only be used to publish the full text of a free story. Links are frowned upon. This is also a good place to read some free erotic stories and get a feel for new kinks and fetishes.
  • /r/selfpublish: Here you can post about your books, but you should never use the “Submit a new link” button. Instead, use the “Submit a new text post” button and tell people about your book and why they should buy it. Your title should include [PROMO] in it, Your promo needs to include more than the book blurb.
  • /r/eroticwriting: This subreddit has fewer rules on promotion. Don’t spam them, and you should be fine.
  • /r/freeebooks: You can find the rules for submission here.
  • /r/fivedollarebooks: This is for books that are under five dollars. No affiliate links. They also encourage you to post some information about your book when you submit it.
  • /r/ebookdeals: Include the name, author, price, and format of the ebook. No spam or affiliate links allowed. Please delete your link if the deal is dead
  • /r/freenookbooks: You can promote the books you have free on the Nook here. If you are an author feel free to post a link to your free ebook and a little about yourself and your book. Posting erotica is fine but use the NSFW tag if the cover is explicit.
  • /r/wroteabook: This is for shameless self promotion. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed on the sidebar.
  • /r/efreebies: Just don’t use affiliate links and only post free books.
  • /r/digitalfreebies: Good for anything that’s digital and free.
  • /r/bookdownloads: They ask that you include the genre in brackets, like [Erotica].
  • /r/kindlefreebies: Freebies on the Kindle. Same rules as for /r/efreebies.

Facebook

Websites and Blogs

Forums

Remember to follow the rules for self promotion on these forums.

Tumblr Tags

  • erotica
  • hot sex
  • writing
  • self publishing
  • kindle
  • kindle freebies
  • fifty shades
  • 50 shades

Twitter Hashtags

You can advertise on this blog, too!

If you are an erotica author and want to be featured on this blog, you can send an email to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com. I don’t do solo book promos, but this blog is always open for guest posts.

Kobo’s at it again. This time, they’re censoring transgender romance stories.

Yesterday, I reported that the ebook retailer Kobo had declined yet another transgender erotic romance.  This time it was my anthology My Mistress’ Thighs: Erotic Transgender Fiction and Poetry. 

Kobo never gives me a reason for declining my work (they don’t even send me an email to inform me the way Amazon does), but it’s hard not to notice that every one of the five ebooks Kobo has declined included “transgender” in the metadata.

Kobo censored FIVE ebooks when I included the keywords “Transgender” and “Erotic Romance” in the metadata.  When I uploaded a similar story from the same series, but DID NOT include “Transgender” and “Erotic Romance” in the metadata, it was made available for sale with no issues.

Read the rest here.

Kobo seems like they’re doing their damnedest to make the world hate them. If you’re not happy with this, I suggest you email them and tell them.

The trans* community is attacked and reviled often enough without being censored by large companies like Kobo, too. It seems they’re not only interested in censoring erotica, but also anything that might offend someone.

You can email Kobo at writinglife@kobo.com and tell them you don’t like their censorship of trans* romance stories. You should also tweet Mark Lefebvre, director of self publishing at Kobo, at @MarkLeslie.

Accidental Porn Star is now live on Amazon!

Buy Accidental Porn Star on Amazon now!



Would you take sexy photos or be spanked for money?

An online ad spurs sexy Jenna to consider modelling for money. Her money situation is dire and she doesn’t want to get kicked out of her apartment. What lengths would you go to in order to stay off the streets?

The ad didn’t tell her the whole story, though. When the sexy man she’s posing with starts smacking her bum, Jenna has to make a choice: Will she break her contract, or will she let herself be spanked and seduced for money?

In this smutty, steamy story, you will find:

  • Spanking
  • BDSM
  • Exhibitionism
  • Sex on camera

Accidental Porn Star is now live on Amazon!

Buy Accidental Porn Star on Amazon now!



Would you take sexy photos or be spanked for money?

An online ad spurs sexy Jenna to consider modelling for money. Her money situation is dire and she doesn’t want to get kicked out of her apartment. What lengths would you go to in order to stay off the streets?

The ad didn’t tell her the whole story, though. When the sexy man she’s posing with starts smacking her bum, Jenna has to make a choice: Will she break her contract, or will she let herself be spanked and seduced for money?

In this smutty, steamy story, you will find:

  • Spanking
  • BDSM
  • Exhibitionism
  • Sex on camera

Designing Covers and Branding for Series Stories

The importance of creating a specific brand for your stories cannot be understated. Trying to create a consistent look among not only a series but your entire catalog helps readers to conceive of you not only as a content provider, but as a professional. You aren’t just a name, floating on the breeze, you’re that girl who they know from other stories you did—not just because your story was so overwhelmingly good that it stands out in their memory, but because it looks familiar.

However, this is double, triple, a hundred times true in the case of a series of stories, where you ideally want people to immediately know that the stories are related, while not having to name them The Fishmonger’s Wares through The Fishmonger’s Wares 9. Are you always going to have 8 more clever titles? No. But you want people to immediately recognize the connection, on an unconscious level. It builds a relationship between the reader and your titles as they read.

I’m sorry to belabor the point, but imagine for a moment if you were dating a man, and he had a secret sign that only the two of you knew. You know for a fact it’s him—only every time you meet, he’s completely different. Tall, short, fat, thin, muscular, a waif: he’s everything and you can never tell by looking, only by the sign he gives you without fail. That relationship wouldn’t work. You need to have that emotional response when you see them, of “Oh, there’s my baby.”

So now that I’ve explained myself thrice over, there are a few ways we can go about this. In my opinion, all of them are pretty useful, and it’s going to be a stylistic decision what you choose to do. I would recommend, personally, that you choose one and stick with it. This gets back to creating a brand for your overall catalog, of always trying to make consistent choices. It’s not absolutely necessary that you do so, and if you have multiple pen-names then obviously this advice only applies within a single pen name.

Similar Layout

A common way to set up a cover to look consistent over multiple stories is to use a standard layout, with only a few very small things changed. This is very common in the professional world; the most direct example would be most lines from Harlequin: American Romance, Intrigue, Kiss, Desire, Romance, Nocturne, Romantic Suspense, Special Edition, Historical, Harlequin Presents, Love Inspired, and Heartsong Presents are all remarkably consistent. The only exceptions are Historical, which has 4 different fonts they use for covers depending on the time period, and Heartsong Presents, which has 2.

Think about how much easier that is, from a design standpoint. You just change the text, which is already sized appropriately and placed for you, and the background image, and that’s it. The problems with this should be fairly immediately obvious for independent authors: The images aren’t all going to have the exact focal point you need to be able to say that a specific area of space is verboten. If you want to select your images and crop them specifically to make this work, I happen to think this is the best way. But it hasn’t been an option for our catalog yet.

One day, though…

Similar Images

There are multiple levels of using similar images. Consider, for example, Fifty Shades. They use three very different images, but they’re all similar in many ways as well. There’s always a gray backdrop. The items themselves are always silver or gray. There’s only one item per cover. It’s placed mostly on the left side of the cover. Simple things like that.

On the other hand, the other day as part of our community outreach efforts Dalia and I were writing questions for Alex Dawson (link to our interview)—you may notice my influence on some of the questions—and I was really effected by her use of multiple photos from the same shoot to do series covers. In many ways I wouldn’t change my style too drastically, but her covers show a discipline that our designs sometimes lack, and I really respect that. I would absolutely like to implement some of those ideas in our own library. Her series are all very consistent because she uses photos from the same shoot every time. Here’s a few links to see what I mean:



Passionate Neighbor Bundle (1, 2, 3)

You can really tell, when looking at the covers, that they go together. It’s a similar effect to the one that Vintage used on the Fifty Shades covers, without having to hire your own photographer.

Lastly, if none of the above realistic options based on the stock you’ve purchased, you have one last thing to fall back on:

Same Font, Similar Title

This is usually where we have to go, most of the time. Similar titles and consistent fonts create cohesion that is not as strong as a powerful visual cohesion, but it is better than nothing. For some more recent work with this style, consider our Busty Babe’s Business Bundle (1, 2, 3).

None of the cover’s stock is really similar at all, but the font is the same (in fact I adore that font because it doesn’t really carry any connotations per-se, and you’ll notice immediately that it’s on probably a quarter of our covers) and the titles are all strongly alliterative. This was a bit silly, but intentional to create consistency. (I picked the names!)

Even though I’d rather we had one of the first two systems in place, I should point out that this is a better way of creating consistency than not creating any consistency at all.

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